Who We Are
Filling a need
With the ultimate goal of enhancing people’s health, an objective that’s in keeping with your own, Santé en français (Manitoba), strives to promote access to quality French-language primary health care services. Santé en français works in partnership with the Francophone community as well as health care and social services providers, educational bodies, government and community leaders to improve access to French-language health and social services.
We lead the way to foster access to quality French-language services. Language should not be a barrier to good health. We work with primary health care providers, administrators, partners and allies to ensure Manitoba’s Francophones have the best possible access to the health care and social services they deserve.
Better access to French-language services
French-language services for Francophones are quality of care and safety issues. In the health care and social services sector, that means improved health and better service. It also means more accurate diagnoses and treatments which result in greater efficiencies and cost savings.
The discussions leading to the creation of Santé en français in Manitoba began in 1989 when a French Language Services Policy was tabled in the provincial legislature. Regional health authorities were created in 1996 and Child and Family Services Authorities in 2003, both of which required the organizations to develop and submit French-language services plans.
In December 2002, the Société Santé en français was created as a national French language health services agency. Santé en français Manitoba, incorporated in 2004 and originally named Conseil communauté en santé du Manitoba, is one of 16 French language health networks born from that national body.
Santé en français and the 15 other provincial and territorial bodies share a common purpose: to rally health partners around priority issues in each jurisdiction.
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Santé en français is the representative of Francophones, ensuring and promoting French-language services in the health care and social services field.
We lead the way in fostering access to quality French-language services. Language barriers should not be an obstacle to good health. We work with primary health care providers, administrators, partners and allies to ensure Manitoba’s Francophones have the best possible access to the health care and social services they deserve.